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School Counseling

Meet Mrs. Kantor

Mrs. Debbie Kantor is in her 14th year of educational counseling and is in her 11th year working for the Redondo Beach Unified School District.  She attended Loyola Marymount University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology.  She also has her Master’s degree in Counseling from LMU and holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. 

If you would like to contact Mrs. Kantor, she is available by phone at 310.798.8611 ext. 2111 or by email at [email protected].  Her days at Beryl this year are every Monday and Thursday with alternating Wednesdays.  

What is School Counseling?

Counseling is a helping process in which the school counselor provides a safe, nurturing environment to foster a trusting relationship with students.  In this confidential relationship, students can explore their feelings and experiences in hopes of finding a meaningful, positive solution to their personal issues.  The school counselor can help students grow socially and emotionally by providing a listening ear and by teaching skills such as: understanding and managing feelings, solving problems, making friends, and more.
Counseling Services
  • Classroom Guidance- The counselor goes into the classrooms to teach knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help students reach their full potential in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development.
  • Small Group Counseling- The counselor works with students in smaller group settings to address specific areas of concern. Group availability is selected by the counselor based on amount of need. If group is unavailable, the counselor can work with a student individually.
  • Individual Counseling- The counselor meets with individual students to help solve problems that are interfering with their learning and sense of well-being.
  • Parent and Teacher Consultation- The counselor meets with parents and/or teachers regarding issues with students.
  • Responsive Services- Includes crisis intervention, consultation, collaboration, and conflict resolution.
As a School Counselor, Mrs. Kantor develops confidential relationships with students.  This means that information gathered through meetings with students and parents/guardians will be shared on a "need to know" basis only.  She works to maintain the privacy of students and their families.  When information needs to be shared, I will assess who needs to know and what information needs to be known to best help students and their families.  I tell students, "What you say in here, stays in here.  Except if...someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, or you want to hurt yourself."
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